When Pests Cause Destruction: Three Pest-Caused Epidemics

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iStock_000041855648_SmallEveryone knows pests are destructive. Who hasn’t complained about rats tearing into their clothes and who have not heard the news about the diseases brought by mosquitoes? However, there were times in human history when pests upped their level of destructiveness that they have caused too much human suffering and innumerable number of deaths. Here are some of the most horrific pandemics and epidemics spread by pests.

The Black Death in Europe

One of the most horrendous chapters in the history of humankind is the Black Death where approximately 47 million people died painfully.  Also called bubonic plague, the disease makes it difficult for a person to breathe, causing swollen lymph nodes and gangrenous sores on his body.  No cure was then available to counter the disease so millions of people fell victims to quack treatments, which of course did not work.  The disease was blamed on rats.

Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Mosquitoes are mainly responsible for the transmission of this disease from one healthy person to another and caused around 5,000 deaths.  Yellow fever is so named because the person affected by this disease becomes jaundiced as the illness stopped their liver and kidneys from functioning.  The first symptoms are fever and muscle pains, which gradually worsen until the person vomits blood.  Yellow fever is transmitted in similar fashions as another mosquito-transmitted disease, malaria.  That is why if you notice your home has mosquitoes, contact an exterminator to wipe them out. Yellow fever still exists today and is still dangerous. Other dangerous diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are malaria and dengue fever.

Malaria Outbreaks in Africa

Millions of people still suffer this debilitating disease in Africa and other countries in the world. Malaria is transferred from one person to another through mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization, malaria caused around 584,000 deaths in 3013 alone.  Malaria brings about flu-like symptoms with include chills and body malaise. But it goes beyond that, malaria in severe cases causes kidney failure, severe anemia, cardiovascular failure and severe seizures and ultimately death.  The bad thing is that the mosquito species responsible for bringing about malaria are widespread and exists even in the United States.  If you have a mosquito problem in your home, contact an exterminator to deal with it.  Mosquitoes are dangerous and should be avoided at all cost.

Making Sure Your Home is Pest-free

You may not think of them as threats to your lives, but pests have shown that they can and will bring humanity to its knees.  That is why it is important that your home should be pest-free. Pests don’t only harm humans, they can ruin your precious possessions and properties, too.  If you notice an infestation of mosquitos, rats, cockroaches, termites and other wild animals and insects in your home, contact a reliable pest control company to protect your family. Springfield Missouri and surrounding residents may call 417-880-2687 , a family-owned pest control company that has been in operation for over 20 years.

 

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